By Wendy C. Kedzierski
They’ve been chosen as the only representatives from the state of Virginia to participate in an exclusive national festival in New York City this spring. They’ve got the talent, drive and commitment. So what may keep this group of Clarke County High School Chamber Choir students from attending the 2012 National Festival of the States? Money.
“As of now, we have raised $13,000 toward the trip. We still need $14,000,” says the group’s director, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh. The next installment is due April 1.
Sponsorships are available, and the group is grateful for those who have already generously donated. Current sponsors include Rappahannock Electric, Loudoun Pediatric Associates, Green Acres Lawn Care, Masters and Webb, Webb Business Center, Shenandoah Beauty Academy, Celtic Shipping, Champion Iron, RE/MAX Roots, and Breze Power Equipment. Specific sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1,500, but any donation is accepted with gratitude.
Raffle tickets for a “Golf Ball Drop” are also currently being sold. This unique fundraiser “sells” numbered golf balls, which will be dropped by helicopter on Feb. 25. The owner of the ball landing closest to a pre-set pin will win $1,000.00. Other prizes include a week’s stay at a condominium in Ocean City and an overnight stay at Historic Rosemont Manor. Jim Webb, parent of a Chamber Choir member, will be piloting the helicopter – as well as donating the condominium prize. Three tickets can be purchased for $20. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be shared with Virginia Search and Rescue.
The choir is also available for paid singing gigs. Questions can be directed to Dr. Keebaugh at email@example.com. Donations can be sent to CCHS c/o Ryan Keebaugh, 240 Westwood Rd., Berryville, VA 22611. Checks should be made payable to CCHS Chamber Choir.
The annual National Festival of the States features performing groups from each of the 50 states selected on the basis of recommendation from state and national music educators, governors, senators, congressional representatives and/or by audition. The trip includes four days performing venues ranging in location from standard public stages to auditoriums, exchange concerts, churches and memorials. Keebaugh says the Choir will be looking to perform at St. Paul’s Chapel by Ground Zero, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, historic South Street Seaport and The United Nations Building.